Microsoft Shows Off Windows Store For Windows 8 Officially

We are now waiting for the Windows 8 , where Microsoft is planning something bigger. If you have tried the Developer Preview of Windows 8,...

Microsoft Shows Off Windows Store For Windows 8 Officially (1)We are now waiting for the Windows 8, where Microsoft is planning something bigger. If you have tried the Developer Preview of Windows 8, then you surly agree with me that Microsoft is changing the Windows thing completely using Windows 8. To make this new weapon invincible, they are making new and brilliant system to make it successful. One of the latest is Windows Store that coming with Windows 8. Until today, we had heard a lot of rumors about the upcoming Windows Store but Microsoft have revealed some secrets of Windows Store officially. More after the break.

Microsoft Shows Off Windows Store For Windows 8 Officially (2)

Some highlights they included are:

  • Revenue model: Successful apps earn 80 percent of every dollar of revenue earned after passing $25,000 USD in total revenue. The first $25,000 USD is paid out at the industry standard 70 percent revenue share.
  • Timing: Opening its doors at Windows 8 Beta in late February 2012, the Windows Store will welcome developers to begin submitting apps starting today through the First Apps Contest to be considered for the Store’s opening. More details on the contest can be found at buildwindowscontest.com
  • Opportunity: Windows presents the largest single platform opportunity for developers, with 500 million Windows 7 licenses sold around the world to date. 

More good news for developers:

  • Transparent terms: The goals of the Windows Store app certification process are to ensure trusted, quality experiences for consumers and a simple, transparent process for developers through the App Certification Kit, Windows Developer Dashboard and the Windows Store App Certification requirements, found here.
  • Flexible business models: Microsoft respects developer choice, and will offer a robust transaction platform while allowing them to utilize alternate transaction services. The Windows Store will also support multiple advertising platforms.
  • Unprecedented global reach: The Windows Store will be global, enabling developers to sell their apps in any of 231 markets and in more than 100 languages.
  • Optimized for discoverability: App discoverability and promotion are top priorities in the Windows Store with the benefits of app listing pages, trial periods and search with Bing and promotion through Internet Explorer.

Windows store will offer paid apps and as well as trial version of them which is really a big cut. Apps sold via the Windows Store will also be able to use their own subscription services to charge customers for extra features, which is something that Apple doesn't allow app developers to support with its App Store. You will also get some ad-supported apps there as they are allowed. I think that’s the best part where both developer and user will get their cut. Check out the following video for more info.

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